Letter to My Children & Readers (August 29, 2017)

Dear Children and Readers,

     A few weeks ago we had the chance to tell a couple of hours worth of our experiences at Calvary Temple. It's not easy to talk about. For over the past six years, silence has enveloped me, apart from writing to you in this way. And even this was and is incredibly difficult to do. Initiated because Pastor Scott cut off all other means of communicating with my children. Dad was the one who filled me in on all that Pastor had directed you to do to me. But my main concern was that you would feel abandoned if I did not keep reaching out, so I call, text, write here and come down every five weeks or so to knock on your doors.
     Aside from that, though, I am largely silent. Only when people ask. The pastor who listened to our story stopped me at one point. Horrified, he apologized to me, for not realizing the extent of our abuse. He apologized on behalf of pastors, for the wicked treatment of Calvary pastors toward our family. He remarked that he was amazed I could even enter a church, let alone trust a pastor again. And he expressed admiration for the integrity I have shown throughout.
     But the truth is, the damage is incalculable, and although his words were comforting, I ache inside for you my dearest children, for your sister, for her children, for all the wounded who have learned to live in silence. Because the pain is still raw. I love the Lord. I hate evil doers. Calvary Temple has the veneer of godliness, but it is the hidden wicked deeds that have destroyed many many lives. Including yours, dear children. Only one thing will not change. My love for you is not worn out. And I will keep coming to you. Writing to you. Praying for you. Showing you that you are not alone in this. It's going to be ok. The holocaust survivors learned to overcome the horrors they went through. We are learning that too, and we will help you.

God bless you Jonathan and Sarah and Joshua and Christina.

Love and hugs and kisses,

P.S. This is an incredible story...I cannot warn enough of the extended damage of leaders who lie to the people...it is not the people's fault, we are not mind readers.


Letter to Jonathan & Josh from Mrs. Case (August 22, 2017)

Jonathan and Joshua,

     I want you boys to listen to this song:

     This is the song that every man should aspire to be for his wife. Fight for their honor. Don't let anyone try to make them feel guilty for doing something right. Don't let anyone, pastor, deacons or otherwise try to make your wife feel sad or scared. Be behind them, support them, and be their knight in shining armor. Most of all, love them like Christ loved the church. And apply that love to all people, especially your mom. Do you think God is so harsh that He wants us to hate our families? The first fruit of the Spirit listed is love. Love is more important than faith and hope. As for any person in authority who is harsh...flee from him. "Don't be deceived, God is not mocked. What a man sows that he shall also reap." You will reap this hatred someday. Beware.

Love to you both and your wives,
Mrs. Case

Letter to My Children (August 17, 2017)

Dear Children,

     The above quote was referenced at our church on this past Sunday. Of course, you know I agree, always sticking up for the underdog, giving second chances and third and fourth. And so it is with you. When I spoke with Carly, she intimated that if I would admit to Pastor Scott that perhaps I did something to DESERVE being treated in such an ungodly manner, that you all would be allowed to see me again. This would, of course, strengthen Pastor Scott as he abuses you, under the guise of Christianity. Which would be like saying Jesus does evil to arrive at good. Of course, anybody knows that is ridiculous. I cannot call evil good, nor can I admit to false stories to prop up a ministry. Ministry without the banner of truth and justice and integrity is not legitimate anyway. It is only another false religion.
     Recently Jamie, the son of your dad's friend Don, attended a service at Calvary Temple while in D.C. Dad and I had informed him of the services and if he felt brave enough to please go, and try to see you children for us to give you our message of love. Jonathan, you invited him to lunch after the morning service. Jamie told us all about your home and lovely children, and how Christina looks like me, and the other couple who were there as well, Chris and Kevin O'Connor (who have a terrible story of abuse of their step-children: http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/spiritual_warfare_at_sterlings_cavalry_temple_church898). Of course, dad was horrified to learn that Kevin was sitting at the table with our young daughter Christina, and of course, our granddaughter Madeline. Jamie was quite shocked as well because he had not discerned anything unsavory about the man initially (totally understandable). He relayed his enlightened perception of the message at church that day, as being rather hopeless. Of course, his dad (Don) has read the blogs and related information on Calvary Temple. Years ago Don attended the bible school there for a bit of time. So he is entirely familiar with how convincing a wealthy church and spit-spot looking folks and professional type pastor speakers can be. I am sure his dad's knowledge equipped Jamie to withstand the allure of the charm offensive done in his honor.
     But really son, we have always been plain and honest folks, and we never needed to impress people. Our goodness and kindness to all, irrespective of person, was the hallmark of Christ in our lives. Can you not see the most glaring blot on your visit with Jamie that day? He said it was really sad, that not even once did you ask about your mom, dad, sister and nephews, your aunts and uncles, cousins, or Grampa and Gramma Beck. You did mention the only persons Pastor Scott is interested in (because of their old age and possible inheritance for you and your children-Fitch grandparents. Which you already received by the way.) I was very hurt to hear that you showed no concern for your parents who loved and raised you and provided for you, to be a good man, and do what is right. Your actions outweigh your profession of moral superiority. You have fallen from grace. Repent my darling son. And do again the first things you learned...to show charity to your parents and immediate family. No one is impressed with a man who is cruel to his family. I know you were very badly manipulated to do this, and yet, please go and speak with some of the good men who have left Calvary Temple. They will answer all your questions. And call me. I will come to you.

Love and hugs and kisses,
Your mom